Elisabeth Moss to Play Rose Kennedy in Ritesh Batra-Directed “A Letter from Rosemary Kennedy”


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The latest film hitting next week’s European Market is the new drama directed by (The Lunchbox) that has cast The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss in the title role.

Moss has been lining up quite a few after winning her second Golden Globe and the SAG Award earlier this year, after already having won an Emmy for playing the role of June Osborne on the hit Hulu drama.

Rosemary Kennedy was the eldest sister of John F Kennedy, who spent much of her lifetime hidden from public view due to the political ambitions of their domineering father Joseph Kennedy, who was embarrassed by her learning disabilities. Her father eventually had her institutionalized, and she underwent a botched frontal lobotomy that left her in worse shape.

The film is based on the Black List spec by Nick Yarborough, that was in turn based on Kennedy’s own personal letters documenting her struggles that led to change in dealing with mental illness.

The film will be produced by Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman (Birth of a Nation), Kevin Turen of Guy Grand Productions (Assassination Nation) as well as Moss. The film’s exec. are Richard Arlook, Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray

Endeavor Content is in charge of the North American rights, while Mister Smith Entertainment will be bringing the title to the European Market in Berlin.

Represented by , and Ribisi Entertainment, Moss has already been pegged to reunite with Alex Ross Perry for his next film Her Smell — we have an interview with Perry running later today — as well as Simon Curtis’ abortion drama Call Jane. She will have to make those films around her schedule filming Season Two of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. She has already filmed David Lowery’s adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, and she appeared last year in Ruben Ostlund’s Oscar-nominated Swedish film The Square.

In other words, Moss is at the top of her game and will continue to remain there with so may interesting on her plate. (A few years ago, Emma Stone had been slated to play Rose Kennedy in this project long before Batra’s involvement.)

Repped by and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Ritesh Batra directed the popular India-set festival fave The Lunchbox, which was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.  Batra went on to direct the adaptation of The Sense of An Ending and the Netflix film Our Souls at Night starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, both released last year. He is currently finishing up his next India-based film Photograph, financed by Amazon and produced with Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Michael Weber from The Match Factory.

Variety first reported on this project.

 Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor

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